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24 Jun 2017 11:54 a.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

  • Changed title from "Gangs of Killer Whales Shaking Down Fisihing Ships" to "Gangs of Killer Whales Shaking Down Fishing Ships"

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Martin from Canada24 Jun 2017 4:39 a.m. PST


The orcas will wait all day for a fisher to accumulate a catch of halibut, and then deftly rob them blind. They will relentlessly stalk individual fishing boats, sometimes forcing them back into port.

Most chilling of all, this is new: After decades of relatively peaceful coexistence with cod and halibut fishers off the coast of Alaska, the region's orcas appear to be turning on them in greater numbers.

"We've been chased out of the Bering Sea," said Paul Clampitt, Washington State-based co-owner of the F/V Augustine.

Like many boats, the Augustine has tried electronic noisemakers to ward off the animals, but the orcas simply got used to them.

"It became a dinner bell," said Clampitt.

John McHenry, owner of the F/V Seymour, described orca pods near Alaska's Aleutian Islands as being like a "motorcycle gang."

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2017 6:17 a.m. PST

That's a nice boat you got there. Shame if something happened to it.

JSchutt24 Jun 2017 6:32 a.m. PST

They are not called "Killer Whales" because they are friendly. If killing for fun, stalking and strong armed robbery are signs of sentience…we have competition.

Nick Bowler24 Jun 2017 7:43 a.m. PST
jdpintex24 Jun 2017 7:58 a.m. PST

+1 for the Killer Whales

zoneofcontrol Inactive Member24 Jun 2017 10:38 a.m. PST

Sounds like a case of Orca-nized crime.

Tonight you sleep with the fishes!

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian24 Jun 2017 11:55 a.m. PST

And so it begins…

altfritz24 Jun 2017 12:15 p.m. PST

Go Orcas Go!

doug redshirt24 Jun 2017 12:36 p.m. PST

Geez our cats figured out a long time ago that it was easier for me to fill the food bowel then hunt. Now they can spend all day sleeping and then sleeping some more. Now Orcas have figured out that fishing boats do all the work for them and they can spend all day sleeping.

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2017 1:13 p.m. PST

Orca approves this thread!

He to dreams about bullying fishing ships and eating lots of halibut.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP25 Jun 2017 10:33 a.m. PST

Theyre just making humans pay for all the overfishing and climate change. :)

PS. Seriously though, there's a lot of behavior and human interaction with large sea animals that has only recently been noticed and publicized:

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